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The many Messis of the World Cup.

France Team Arrives in Moscow - 2018 FIFA World Cup Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

Hello, everybody!

It’s time to get in the World Cup spirit.

Ramble of the Day

With the World Cup just two days away, I decided to take a peek at the internet phenomenon of calling players the [insert nationality here] Messi. I entered the following words into Google, and here are my results, organized by World Cup group.

Group A
Russian Messi: Ayaz Guliyev (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Saudi Arabian Messi: Fahad Al-Mullawad (Caps: 45, Goals: 10)
Uruguayan Messi: Kevin Méndez (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Egyptian Messi: Mohamed Salah (Caps: 57, Goals: 33)

Group B
Portuguese Messi: Rafinha (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Spanish Messi: Brahim Díaz (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Moroccan Messi: Sofiane Boufal (Caps: 5, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Iranian Messi: Sardar Amzoun (Caps: 33, Goals: 23)

Note: Google would not stop recommending Lionel Messi as the Spanish Messi, while the Iranian guy that looks like Messi was one of the top results for Iranian Messi.

Group C
French Messi: Romain Alessandrini (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Australian Messi: this five-year-old named Niccolo (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Peruvian Messi: Raúl Ruidíaz (Caps: 30, Goals: 4)
Danish Messi: Viktor Fischer (Caps: 19, Goals: 4)

Group D
Argentine Messi: Lionel Messi (Caps: 124, Goals: 64)
Icelandic Messi: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Caps: 57, Goals: 19)
Croatian Messi: Ante Ćorić (Caps: 2, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Nigerian Messi: Nura Mohammed (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)

Note: A YouTube video titled “The Icelandic Messi is a girl Kristin” also appeared in the search results.

Group E
Brazilian Messi: Luan Vieira (Caps: 2, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Swiss Messi: Xherdan Shaqiri (Caps: 70, Goals: 20)
Costa Rican Messi: Joel Campbell (Caps: 77, Goals: 15)
Serbian Messi: Andrija Živković (Caps: 10, Goals: 0)

Group F
German Messi: Marko Marin (Caps: 16, Goals: 1; will not be at the World Cup)
Mexican Messi: Diego Lainez Leyva (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)
Swedish Messi: Emil Forsberg (Caps: 36, Goals: 6)
Korean Messi: Lee Seung-Woo (Caps: 3, Goals: 0)

Group G
Belgian Messi: Dries Mertens (Caps: 67, Goals: 14)
Panamian Messi: Armando Cooper (Caps: 98, Goals: 7)
Tunisian Messi: Youssef Msakni (Caps: 47, Goals: 9; will not be at the World Cup)
English Messi: Patrick Roberts (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)

Note: An eight-year-old also came up when I searched for the Belgian Messi, while a seven-year-old was once called the English Messi.

Group H
Polish Messi: Kamil Grosicki (Caps: 57, Goals: 12)
Senegalese Messi: Papiss Cissé (Caps: 35, Goals: 16; will not be at the World Cup)
Colombian Messi: Dorlan Pabón (Caps: 15, Goals: 3; will not be at the World Cup)
Japanese Messi: Takefusa Kubo (Caps: 0, Goals: 0; will not be at the World Cup)

tl;dr: People really need to stop calling children the next Messi.

Links of the Day

Nike will no longer provide Iran with boots for the World Cup following sanctions against the nation.

Russian fans plan on using spoons as musical instruments during the World Cup.

Gerard Deulofeu has signed a five year deal with Watford.

Today’s longer read: Sid Lowe on football related violence in Panama and the death of national team player Amílcar Henríquez for The Guardian